Which is why it's so great that Natalie Portman has decided to lend a hand and help the organization Free the Children launch its new "Power of a Girl" initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds for the schooling of young women in developing nations.
"With women comprising 70 percent of the world's poor, investing in the education of girls is one of the best ways to end the cycle of poverty," the Black Swan star said in a statement.
In a video announcement, the Oscar favorite explains a new contest she's created that encourages people between the ages of 13 to 21 in North America and the U.K. to sign up at freethechildren.com/girls and raise money for Kisaruni, Free the Children's new all-girls' secondary school in rural Kenya.
Come May 1, the top five finalists will be chosen and asked why they think it's important to empower the world's girls through education.
The winner, to be announced June 1, will receive several cool items including a trip to Kenya, the Rodarte dress Portman wore to the AFI premiere of Black Swan and tickets to attend the premiere of her next film.